Explore our projects

Find out more about what we do here at City of Literature. Whether it’s our big events like Festival of Libraries or International Mother Language Day celebrations, or projects produced in partnership with literary organisations around the City, you’ll find everything you need here.

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A City Connects

In March 2020, Manchester went into the first national lockdown, and would remain in a state of lockdown until the following year. At that time, the Manchester City of Literature team had only been working together…

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World Poetry Day

Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry…

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Connectedness Through Comics

Manchester City of Literature, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University, Nanjing City of Literature and 42nd Street are delighted to announce the launch of a new project, Connectedness Through Comics. The partnership were keen to explore…

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Slamovision 2020

The spoken word version of Eurovision, hosted by the UNESCO Cities of Literature — where each City slams their way to the grand title of Slamovision Champion! We’re thrilled that Jardel Rodrigues brought the Slamovision crown…

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International Mother Language Day

There are about 6,500 languages in the world, and 200 languages spoken in Manchester at any one time.

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Festival of Libraries

Manchester City of Literature’s inaugural Festival of Libraries, a brand-new county-wide celebration of Greater Manchester’s 133 libraries will take place from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th June, 2021. The festival, which is supported by Arts Council…

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Write Manchester

This inclusive project includes all kinds of residents experiencing writing and publishing about ‘my Manchester; our Manchester’. Write Manchester gets people writing in order to allow them to reflect upon their city, and their place in…

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